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Conversations on New Jersey Education


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The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) presents a forum to explore education issues and the impact of state-level politics on New Jersey’s public school districts, hosted by Ray Pinney, of NJSBA. The format brings together state and local education leaders for a lively dialogue on the latest developments. Our children’s education is too important not to discuss and debate. To learn more about NJSBA, visit

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In these historically unsettled times, COVID-19 has already disrupted the delivery of education to our students. And now, with the recent announcement that the budget year will be extended to Sept. 30, major changes are in store for districts'... more

Transitioning a school district on short notice to go virtual has involved a Herculean effort. In this podcast, Dr. Robert Zywicki of the Mount Olive School District will join NJSBA's Ray Pinney to describes the efforts they took to... more

Since schools were forced to close their buildings, one of the biggest challenges has been meeting the needs of our special education students. Andrea Romano is the superintendent of the Sussex County Educational Services Commission,... more

While all school districts are engrossed in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and continuing to educate students remotely, they also need to be concerned about what is happening in Trenton. What is the impact on school districts of the... more

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the state government to impose curfews, school closures, and other efforts to keep people apart, how does a Board of Education operate? Can board members participate remotely? Can you ban the... more

Social media is more popular than ever, and most people have a social media presence, but it is not without its complications. When school board members and school personnel use social media they sometimes have to strike a balance... more

Building community support for your school district is critical to a district's success. This, however, takes more than putting out a newsletter. It takes a comprehensive communication plan, ​with strategies, tactics and measurable results that reflect... more

What is branding? Why should school districts be concerned about branding and marketing? What are the benefits of branding your district? What are the steps districts should take as they move forward in this process? Susan Marinello, the... more

Election Day is almost here and soon many people will go from being a school board candidate to a school board member. Once elected what should the new board member be prepared for? What is your legal responsibility? How do... more

What is equity in education? How is it different from equality? What are some inherent biases that could affect students? How do equity issues play out in schools? Please join us as former New Jersey Education Commissioner... more